Tenor Saxophonist Adam Roberts is an in-demand musician and educator. He performs and records on saxophones, guitars, flutes, and clarinets in a variety of genres including jazz, rock, funk, classical and pop. He performs with many local groups including Running From Bears, The Doublers Collective, The Nash Composers’ Coalition, as well his own groups Mr. Trio and the Adam Roberts Quartet. He has performed with pop icons like Michael Buble, Idina Menzel, Reba McIntyre, and Jennifer Hudson, as well as celebrated jazz figures including Gunther Schuller on his world premiere of “Encounters”, with the Downbeat Award-winning NEC Jazz Orchestra at the IAJE Festival in 2004, jazz legend George Russell on a performance of The African Game, and Joe Lovano playing nonet arrangements from his 52nd Street Themes and On This Day at the Vanguard recordings.
Adam is a seasoned music educator with over a decade of public school, college and private instruction. Adam is the Instrumental Music Lead at Chandler Gilbert Community College in Chandler, Arizona. In that role, he directs multiple concert and jazz bands, and organizes the instrumental activities of the campus. Beyond the college, Adam is a frequent clinician offering master classes, school visits, and workshops at local high schools and The Nash as part of their Summer Workshop series.
Adam holds 3 music degrees in both performance and education, including a Masters from the New England Conservatory of Music. He has studied with a wide array of teachers including Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone, Bob Brookmeyer, Danilo Perez, and Joel DiBartolo among others.
Adam is very active in composition and transcription, writing original jazz, funk and rock works as well as arranging jazz standards, Radiohead songs and whatever else inspires on a given day. He is also a skilled copyist with an extensive knowledge of Finale. Some of his work can be found in Jerry Bergonzi’s celebrated Inside Improvisation series, Vol. 7: Hexatonics.